You know I have to admit, for as many dumb, repetitive questions I see on this site, I am still proud to see that so many young(and a few old!) men are volunteering for military service. Even prouder still, most of you are volunteering for service in the Ranger Regiment.
I recently attended the Ranger Rendezvous at Ft. Benning, and man I tell you what, I wish I could have had all of you DEPpers there. You would have been able to see first hand what all the BTDT'S talk about; the attention to detail, the 'move with a purpose', the never say die/never quit attitude. I tell you the truth, I had almost forgotten what it was like to hang out with Real Men. It was trully motivating.
Unfortunately, I also was reminded of the quitters; the sorry bastards that quit before ever really beginning RIP. It is something that I've never understood; not when I went through and not even now. I got to take a good look at those guys; you see, the quitters were all there. They were doing all the bitch-work of preparing the activities for Rendezvous. Cleaning, setting up tables, putting up decorations, etc. They were there, in the very midst of everything; in the middle of the biggest Ranger Family reunion there is. But not as brothers, not as peers. They were there simply as 'hired help' so to speak. I couldn't help but wonder what was going through their heads. I could imagine, from my memories, of how they cursed the RIP Cadre for their own shortcomings. Some simply said it wasn't worth all the Bullshit; I suppose they thought that simply 'showing up' was enough. Remember, now, the vast majority of these guys QUIT before ever beginning. One of the current RIP Cadre members was a private in my team; and I asked him what the 'deal' was with RIP these days. He replied that he couldn't understand it either. He said that guys show up, and quit within the first day or so; some quit as soon as they get there from Airborne.
I suppose that's how I remember it also, now that I reflect on it. There were so many OPT 40 guys in Basic/AIT; and they were constantly talkin' smack to one another, forming their own little cliques. I just concentrated on the immediate task. I never really worried about what lay ahead; the next level of training. I do remember when those guys were actually put to the test, all their 'knowledge' of what lies ahead couldn't save them. I suppose it only mattered how far were they willing to go; they obviously had not considered this. So I feel compelled to ask you DEPpers, How far are you willing to go? Will you push yourselves, to the point of death, if need be? Or will you chicken out, at the moment of truth? Statistically, the odds are against you. What are YOU gonna do?
I guess with the events of this week in combination with the posts I read about several of you DEP's leaving soon, I feel a need to pose that question to each of you. My only advice: DON'T QUIT. You can always run a little farther, take one more step, and push yourself a little harder. But you can never go back when you say,"I quit".
"If it were easy, your Mom would have a Scroll..." -Invictus